Sunday, October 09, 2005


Ayahs of the Day:
Say, "Do you see? If the punishment of God comes to you, whether by night or by day, what part of it would sinners seek to hasten? Then will you believe in it when it actually happens? Now? And you had been seeking to hasten it! [10: 50,51]

Hadith of the Day:
All creatures of God are the family of God and the best loved of God is who loves best His creatures. [Bayhaqi]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Be steadfast in reading books of knowledge and in teaching them to others. For the best of people are those who learn and teach. [Shaykh Bayanuni]

Guidance of the Day:
Harboring suspicion, rancor, or negative opinions about other people is especially noxious in Ramadan. The same goes for all forms of cheating, vanity, and irrational anger. Ramadan is a month of remembrance, for we stand in Prayer listening to the Quran. As such, heedlessness (ghafla) has little refuge in one's mind and heart, which are busy with the remembrance of God. Being mindful of God and His awareness of what moves in and out of one's thoughts and heart expunges negative feelings.

Boasting and arrogance are starved in this month. How can they survive, while we admit our abject need of God and His generous provision? Who can engage in self-aggrandizing when it becomes plain that all we have is from God the Exalted and is not some mystic result of our own talents and privilege? Profound dislike of being blamed, the fear of death, and other vices spoken rise to the surface during Ramadan so that they can be more easily skimmed off and discarded. [Purification of the Heart]

Food for Thought:

There is only one thing that can grow without any nourishment, and that is the human ego. None so empty, as those who are full of themselves.

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